On Writing – Making Your Own Words

photo courtesy of http://www.itsnature.org/air/birds-air/vermilion-flycatcher/
photo courtesy of http://www.itsnature.org/air/birds-air/vermilion-flycatcher/

Shakespeare liked to invent his own words, often using currently available words to make them mean something else (most often just changing them from nouns to verbs, verbs to adjectives, etc.).  Such words that we still use today include puke, gloomy, dauntless (hey, Divergent), and jaded.  This is undoubtedly one of his greatest contributions to the English language, and is one of his most praised achievements.  That being said, I absolutely love to shakespeare (see what I did there, noun -> adj).  I like to take cool words and give them new or added context / meaning.  For example, in my first post, I use the word “vermilion” to describe something as beautifully bright.  Vermilion is one of those exceptionally titled crayons you find in the 152-pack, and say to yourself “well, that’s a sweet name for a color.”  It is a very bright orange-ish red, and it is quite beautiful : perfect for an adjective meaning ‘bright.’  I thought it would make for an great example of a word that can be given new meaning.

Making new words is great, and whether or not I have the same mastery of the English language as Shakespeare, it seems worth it to establish my writing by using my own dialect borne on an already-established form.


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